Nigeria U-23s coach Samson Siasia has no complaints about the choice of Port Harcourt as host city for next month’s African U-23 Championship final round, first leg qualifying match against Congo, he told the Nigeria Football Federation website on Friday.
The U-23s as well as the Super Falcons will play their next games in the Rivers State capital, while the Super Eagles will remain in Kaduna.
Siasia is happy to spend time in Port Harcourt, where he calls ‘home’, having hailed from neighbouring Bayelsa.
“Port Harcourt is home for me, and I want to assure Nigerians that my boys will find the place to be home as well,” the ex-Super EagIes striker said. “I am appealing to the people of Port Harcourt and indeed the adjoining towns and states to come out en masse to support the Dream Team against Congo, so that we can win well and render the return leg a formality.
“As far as we are concerned, the choice of Port Harcourt by the NFF is a commendable one. We are working on a plan to see that we move over to the Garden City in good time before the game so as to get used to the pitch well ahead and also get used to the people of the city.”
Expressing satisfaction with the performance of his team so far in the build-up to the Congo game, Siasia said for now he will still release players to their clubs for weekend League matches. He however appealed to the clubs to understand that two weeks to the game, any player selected will not be released for such games as he needs all his players to be in camp and concentrate on the crucial encounter.
Ina friendly game, the Dream Team parading players like Umar Aminu, Junior Ajayi, Shehu Abdullahi, Moses Ekpai, Daniel Etor amongst others defeated the Abuja based Amakson Academy 2-0 with goals from Ekpai and Adigibe Uzo.
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